Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.

Stories by Molly Peterson

Who loves Huntington Beach's desalination plant?

In the 12 years since a desalination plant was first proposed for Huntington Beach, a lot of things have changed. But public support for the idea remains strong.

Jeans maker's $1 million closes LA River study's funding gap

The study could lead to the removal of concrete from Glendale Narrows. That sound you hear is activists and kayakers swooning.

Water policy wonks, engineers to skip work this week

We've got lots of what I call day-long nerdfests this week in LA on subjects near and dear to my heart, environmental risk management and water policy. I'm not going to be able to get to a darn one of them, but being at them is usually fascinating, if you want to know what's coming next.

Pushing for greater energy efficiency in buildings

Reducing energy use in buildings could yield huge greenhouse gas reductions.

Arroyos Conservancy piles up money to protect Millard Canyon

A land conservancy in Altadena has amassed nearly all the money it needs to purchase land in Millard Canyon, stoking hopes of hikers and trail seekers.

Even e-waste recyclers think cathode-ray TVs are junk

More flat panel televisions in California homes mean more older tube televisions are stacking up in warehouses. That electronic waste has nowhere to go.

City council approves electricity rate hikes

The Los Angeles City Council has approved electricity rate hikes for Angelenos after the city’s utility spent a year and a half laying groundwork for the increase.

Seafood-dependent nations face climate risks in their waters

Over a billion people, many the world's poorest, live on fish and shellfish. Changes in the ocean wrought by carbon emissions threaten that food, says Oceana.

Greenpeace questions California's global carbon offset plans

Greenpeace has published a new report that comes down hard on California’s greenhouse gas reduction agreements.

Swifts swoop over downtown L.A.!

Watching tiny birds crowd themselves into a chimney for the night is amazing; when I think of non-Angelenos who say LA is all nutritionists and actors, I think of the Vaux's swifts.

'Dr. Keeling's Curve' opens at The Blank Theater

'Dr. Keeling's Curve,' one-man play about a key player in climate change research, opens tonight in Santa Monica.

Monitoring project for LA pollution wins $400k Knight grant

A group that organized a global sensor network for radiation after Japan's 9.0 earthquake has won a grant to set up a monitoring network for air pollution in L.A.

ARB to manufacturers: fight climate change, not California

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols seems to be getting irritated with the repeated complaints from business about cap-and-trade.

Refiners, manufacturers still hate cap-and-trade for carbon

Manufacturers, oil refiners, and other business groups really, really, really don't want the state of California to cap carbon emissions and enable trading for them.

One vote remains before electric bills rise in Los Angeles

A vote next week is all that stands between Angelenos and higher electricity rates. An LA City Council committee unanimously approved a Department of Water and Power plan to raise rates, sending the issue to the full council next week.